Sydney: Practitioners Hold a Candlelight Vigil to Mourn Fellow Practitioners and Call for an End to the Persecution (Photos)

On the evening of July 20 2008, Australian Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney
arrived at Town Hall and quietly ignited candles. They sat in the gentle breeze,
in mourning for fellow practitioners who have been persecuted to death by the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for upholding the principals of Truthfulness,
Compassion, Forbearance. The practitioners called for an immediate end to the
brutal persecution that has gone on for the past nine years.

Sydney practitioners hold a candlelight vigil outside Town
Hall, and call for an end to the persecution

Steven and his friends express their admiration for the
courage of Falun Gong practitioners; the group of friends participated in the
event by holding up banners

People signed a petition to support Falun Gong

Mohammed joined the event with a group of friends and held a
truth-clarification sign

Nine years ago, on July 20, former Chinese Communist leader Jiang Zemin
instigated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong out of personal jealousy.
Practitioners throughout China were widely arrested. The media, the legal
system, police, special agents, the Party, and the government were mobilized to
attempt to eradicate Falun Gong, fabricating enormous lies and propaganda
against the practice. In the face of this inhumane abuse and persecution, Falun
Gong practitioners have continued to uphold the principles of Truthfulness,
Compassion, Forbearance, and to expose the persecution to the world.

Representative of the Falun Dafa Association of New South Wales Mr. Lee
pointed out that, throughout this persecution, while the CCP has destroyed
fundamental morality, it has forced itself into a predicament with no way out.
In the face of brutal persecution and murder, practitioners of Falun Gong have
displayed peacefulness and rationality and have persistently explained the facts
to people who have been deceived by the lies and propaganda. They have deeply
implanted the beauty of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance in people's hearts
and provided hope for the future.

Passersby call to support Falun Gong

The scene of mourning attracted many passersby, who stopped to listen to the
practitioners' explanations or photograph the event. Mohammed, a young man from
Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, said he had heard of Falun Gong, but it was the
first time he had seen such a moving candlelight vigil. He sat along with the
practitioners, holding a candle, and mourned in silence. He then held a
truth-clarification sign with a group of friends. Everyone in his group signed
the petition calling for an end to the persecution. They asked to bring the
petition form back to their home country so that people at home could also sign
the form, which they would then return by fax.

Another young man, Steven, and his friends had come to Sydney to attend World
Youth Day a Catholic event. They expressed admiration for the courage of Falun
Gong practitioners and participated in the vigil by holding banners. Steven said
that the resistance of Falun Gong has become one of the biggest human rights
movements in the world, deeply inspirational and moving.

Practitioners solidly resist the persecution

Ms. Zhai Jianling, who began practicing Falun Gong in 1998, said that after
she took up the practice, she gained physical health and experienced a steady
elevation in morality. When the persecution began in 1999, she returned to China
to appeal for justice, but was illegally arrested in Tiananmen
Square. Police officers demanded that she sign papers to admit she was
disturbing the safety of society, but she refused and was subsequently detained
for 30 days. Nine years have gone by, and the evil face of the CCP has been
displayed clearly to the world. Falun Gong has not been diminished by the
persecution but has spread to 80 countries around the world. Ms. Zhai said that
history shows that persecution of righteous belief will never succeed.

Back in 1999, Mr. Wang Xing, a 68-year-old practitioner, heard on the Chinese
language program on Radio France International: “The Chinese Communist
regime is not afraid of corruption, but it is afraid of Falun Gong.”
Therefore Mr. Wang thought that Falun Gong must be good and began his path of
cultivation. He once hand-copied five Falun Gong books. Before he came to
Australia, he asked family members to take good care of the books. However, his
home was later ransacked, and the books were confiscated and his family was
subjected to extortion by the CCP.

Mr. Wang Xing said that the persecution is tragic. He said that practitioners
in mainland China are suffering wrongful accusations, which has been a test of
the conscience of almost every Chinese person. As a Falun Gong practitioner,
every year on July 20, he mourns fellow practitioners who have died as a result
of the persecution. He hopes that more people will learn the facts, especially
those who have been deceived by the CCP, in particular Chinese people. He calls
for the support of righteous people to help bring an end to the persecution.

Posting date: 27/July/2008
Original article date: 25/July/2008
Category: Australian News


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